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Shemu Joyah turns to Africa Movie Academy Awards

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By Sam Banda Jnr:

GIFT FOR MALAWI— Joyah (right) flanked by Masina (centre) and Phiri shows the award to the audience

After screening his award- winning film Road to Sunrise in Blantyre last month, where there were low turnouts, Shemu Joyah turns his attention to Africa Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, this Saturday.

Joyah’s film which won Best Movie –Southern Africa during the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs) has received seven nominations in Amaa 2018.

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The 14th edition of Amaa award ceremony was expected to be held on September 22 but was shifted to this Saturday.

Joyah said yesterday they were looking for more support to attend the awards ceremony.

“Unfortunately this year we have to pay for our own flights and food. The organisers will only pay for accommodation,” he said.

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Joyah said they have applied for support from some companies but have not received any response.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed since we only have today (yesterday) and tomorrow (today). Those who can help, the better,” he said.

Joyah’s film has received nominations in the categories of Best Director, Best Film, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Achievement in Make-up, Sound, Cinematography and Soundtrack.

His debut film Seasons of a Life also screened at Amaa in 2010 while his second film The Last Fishing Boat won the Best Soundtrack Award at Amaa 2013.

The film will battle it out with several other movies in the categories it has been nominated.

For instance, in the category of Best Actress in a Leading Role, Miriam Phiri, who starred in Joyah’s movie for the first time, will battle it out with Kate Henshaw in Roti.

In the category of Best Director, Joyah will compete with Frank Rajah Arase from Nigeria in the film In My Country among others.

Joyce Mhango Chavula’s Nyasaland has also been nominated in the category of Ousmane Sembene Best Film in an African Language.

Actress and filmmaker Flora Suya has also been nominated for her film My Mother’s Story.

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